Antonio Maria Storch

ORO BIANCO The Alabaster Artists of Volterra 2017

Between February and May 2017 I went to see the alabastrai in their workshops and photographed them. In a more and more intense way, I discovered their spaces and their working process, the relationship between man and material, between artisan and alabaster. Observing and photographing I understood which science there is, which tradition, which virtuosity, which skill. The knowledge of the alabaster and the art of its workmanship, I realized, is a treasure. Delight of making, passion and love are contained in it. My photographic project ORO BIANCO (White Gold) is dedicated to the heart of Volterra: the artisan craftwork of the alabastrai.

Alab’Arte, 10 February
Alab’Arte, 10 February

Situation of the workshop of Velio Grandoli, 14 March
Situation of the workshop of Velio Grandoli, 14 March

Alabastro Rossi, 28 March
Alabastro Rossi, 28 March

Alab’Arte; Giorgio Finazzo, 10 February
Alab’Arte; Giorgio Finazzo, 10 February

Aldo Giudici, 27 March
Aldo Giudici, 27 March

Velio Grandoli, 14 March
Velio Grandoli, 14 March

Aulo Grandoli Il Pupo, 22 March
Aulo Grandoli Il Pupo, 22 March

Alab’Arte; Roberto Chiti, 21 March
Alab’Arte; Roberto Chiti, 21 March

Marco Ricciardi, 23 March
Marco Ricciardi, 23 March

Detail in the workshop of Mauro Gregoretti, 29 March
Detail in the workshop of Mauro Gregoretti, 29 March

Artieri dell’Alabastro; Stefano Simoncini, 29 March
Artieri dell’Alabastro; Stefano Simoncini, 29 March

Artieri dell’Alabastro; Omero Cerone, 30 March
Artieri dell’Alabastro; Omero Cerone, 30 March

Daniele Boldrini, 28 March
Daniele Boldrini, 28 March

Alabastro Bianchi; Andrea Burgassi, 24 April
Alabastro Bianchi; Andrea Burgassi, 24 April

Alabastro Bianchi; Roberto Bianchi, 24 April
Alabastro Bianchi; Roberto Bianchi, 24 April

Artieri dell’Alabastro; Stefano:Mario Simoncini, 30 March
Artieri dell’Alabastro; Stefano:Mario Simoncini, 30 March

Mauro Gregoretti, 29 March
Mauro Gregoretti, 29 March

Artimino Giusti, 22 April
Artimino Giusti, 22 April

Renzo Gazzanelli, 05 April
Renzo Gazzanelli, 05 April

Giuliano Ducceschi, 05 April
Giuliano Ducceschi, 05 April

Giuseppe Famiglietti, 26 April
Giuseppe Famiglietti, 26 April

Oro bianco; the alabaster cavern of Alabastro Bianchi, 20 June
Oro bianco; the alabaster cavern of Alabastro Bianchi, 20 June